The Queen’s chefs have shared the recipe for the royal Christmas pudding

Whether it’s from watching The Crown, reading royal facts or seeing Sandringham church snaps, many of us already have some idea about how the royal family spend Christmas. However, we still relish the opportunity to get a deeper insight into the Queen’s Christmas Day – and thanks to one of Her Majesty’s former chefs, we could even get a taste of it!

the Queen’s Christmas celebrations
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According to former royal chef Darren McGrady, the royal family eat a ‘hardy breakfast’ before heading off to church. ‘After church, that’s when they have a big lunch that includes a salad with shrimp or lobster, and a roasted turkey, and all of your traditional side dishes like parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts and Christmas pudding with brandy butter for dessert.’

For this year’s Stir Up Sunday, the royal chefs shared their very own Christmas Pudding recipe with the public.

‘Today is Stir-up Sunday: traditionally the day when home cooks ‘stir up’ their Christmas pudding mixture on the Sunday before the Advent season – and the countdown to Christmas – begins,’ they wrote on the Royal Family Instagram account, on 21 November.

‘This year, chefs in the Royal kitchens have shared their recipe for a traditional Christmas pudding. We hope that some of you enjoy making it in your own homes.’

The royal Christmas Pudding recipe (to make two 1kg puddings)


250g raisins
250g currants
185g sultanas
150g mixed peel
250g suet or vegetarian suet
250g breadcrumbs
90g flour
12g mixed spice
2 whole eggs
180g demerara sugar
275ml beer
40ml dark rum
40ml brandy

If you don’t want to use alcohol, you can substitute it out for orange juice or cold tea.

The method for the royal Christmas pudding can be seen in the above video, but the chef’s add on that you should reheat your pudding in a bain-marie for 3-4 hours on Christmas Day.

Remove it from the basin ‘using a rounded knife or palette knife, flip out onto a plate, garnish or flambé and serve with brandy sauce and cream.’

Christmas pudding
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So there you have it, you can have a Christmas treat just like our monarch! But if Christmas Pudding doesn’t float your boat, check out these tips from the royal pastry chefs about how to get the perfect mince pies.